“Sonam”

No PhotoName: “Sonam.”
Died: January 17, 2021.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Strangled.
Location: Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Disability: Mentally disabled.

Details:
“Sonam” (not her real name), a 22-year-old young woman, was found dead in a field, and her family claimed she had been raped. However, a postmortem discovered that she had not been raped, and police began investigating the family. According to police, Sonam’s family admitted that they wanted to “get rid of her” because she was mentally disabled, and they had heard that the families of rape victims were receiving large sums in compensation. After they lured her out to a nearby field, police say, her mother held her, her brother strangled her, and her father served as lookout.

Perpetrator:
Her mother, arrested, legal action initiated.
Her father, arrested, legal action initiated.
Her brother, arrested, legal action initiated.

Source:
Barabanki: Family wanted to get rid of mentally disabled girl, so killed her and created the story of rape and murder

Sayeed Neilson

Photo of a teenage boy with pale skin and fine brown hair.Name: Sayeed Neilson.
Died: October 23, 2020.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Sayeed’s stepbrother punched and kicked him in the head; his mother told his stepbrother to stop, but then walked away without actually checking to make sure he had stopped. When Sayeed died, they claimed he had fallen in the shower; but his injuries were “inconsistent with a fall”.

Sayeed loved Star Wars and Halloween. He never missed a day walking his dog Chloe, rain or shine.

Perpetrator: Rebacca Greenwood (Mother), David Matheny (Stepbrother), charged with criminal homicide, aggravated child abuse and evidence tampering.

Source:
‘It Was Like Reign Of Terror’: Man Accused Of Beating His Autistic 14-Year-Old Brother To Death
Vigil for teen with Autism killed by family members
‘Reign of terror’: Slaying of Nashville 14-year-old involving brother, mother leaves relatives reeling
Aunt mourns 14-year-old boy with Asperger’s beaten to death in Tennessee home
Mother, stepbrother charged with homicide in death of autistic 14-year-old boy
Tenn. mother, stepbrother charged in death of autistic 14-year-old

Nancy Arnold

No PhotoName: Nancy Arnold.
Died: September 5, 2020.
Age at death: 78.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.

Details:
Nancy’s brother fatally shot her, then tried to kill himself. Her brother recovered from his injuries and was arrested, but Nancy died at the scene.

Perpetrator: William Lokay (Brother), charged with first-degree murder.

Source: PD: 73-year-old Valley man accused of shooting, killing sister

28-year-old woman

No Photo
Name Unknown.
Died: June 3, 2020.
Age at death: 28.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Smuts Ngonyama Informal Settlement, Butterworth, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
Disability: Unspecified.

Details:
While her caregiver was away, this 28-year-old woman’s brother killed her, leaving her under a blanket with “upper body injuries”. Medics were called but declared her dead at the scene.

Perpetrator: Her brother, age 24.

Source:
Disabled woman murdered in EC – brother arrested
Media Statement, South African Police Service, Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape

Umesh Balagi

Blurred photo, taken from behind, of a person in a white shirt riding a three-wheeled scooter down a dirt road.Name: Umesh Balagi.
Died: May 18, 2020 (News story published).
Age at death: Adult.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Dharwad, Karnataka, India.
Disability: Unspecified.

Details:
Umesh’s brother gathered a group of men, ambushed him as he rode his three-wheeled scooter to go shopping, and bludgeoned him to death. The motive was a dispute over property. The killer also chased Umesh’s wife, who witnessed the attack; she escaped unhurt.

Perpetrator: Channabasappa Balagi (Brother) and several accomplices, charged with murder.

Source: Man bludgeons brother suffering with disability; murder over property caught on camera

10-year-old girl

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: May 17, 2020 (Body found May 21).
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
This ten-year-old girl’s brother gathered some friends, and together they raped and strangled her. He told police that he felt she was a burden because she could not do household chores.

Perpetrator: Zishan Ali (Brother), Sajid Ali, Amjad Ali, and Wajid Ali; arrested on suspicion of murder.

Source:
Brother with three of his friends gang raped and murdered a 10 year old disabled girl
Shocking! Mentally Disabled Minor Gangraped, Strangulated to Death by Brother, 3 Friends
Jaipur: Man gangrapes, murders mentally challenged 10-year-old sister with his 3 friends
भाई ने 3 दोस्तों के साथ मिलकर 10 साल की बहन का गैंगरेप किया, फिर मार डाला; चारों आरोपी गिरफ्तार

Adam Schneider

No PhotoName: Adam Schneider.
Died: August 15, 2019.
Age at death: 39.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Richmond, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
After his mother died, Adam moved in with his brother. His brother neglected him; he was brought to the hospital with severe bedsores and malnutrition, and died from the effects of starvation two days later.

Perpetrator: Henry Lee Andrus III (Brother), charged with neglect of a dependent leading to death and neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury.

Source: Brother charged with neglect in death of 39-year-old man with cerebral palsy

Sbusiso Mhlanga

No PhotoName: Sbusiso Quin Mhlanga.
Died: July 28, 2019 (Body found); missing November 20, 2014.
Age at death: Adult.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Disability: Unspecified, wheelchair user.

Details:
Sbusiso lived with his younger brother, who murdered him for “not using the correct dish to relieve himself”. Then he buried his brother’s body, dumped his wheelchair in the river, and collected his brother’s disability pension for the next few years.

Perpetrator: His brother, charged with murder, theft, and obstruction of justice.

Source: Brother arrested for killing his sibling

Melissa Pierce

Photo of a middle-aged African-american woman.Name: Melissa Pierce.
Died: May 24, 2019.
Age at death: 47.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Chesterfield, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, intellectual disability.

Details:
Melissa’s body was found in her bed; she had died of malnutrition and dehydration due to neglect. She lived with family and her sister was listed as her primary caregiver.

Perpetrator: Davina Blackwell (sister), charged with felony murder.

Source:
Death of disabled Chesterfield woman has been ruled a case of neglect and homicide
Chesterfield woman charged with felony murder and neglect in sister’s death
‘Killed by who?’ Family says Chesterfield woman found dead in her home wasn’t neglected
Medical Examiner: Chesterfield woman died of ‘starvation and dehydration’; Death ruled homicide

Heidi R.

Photo of a middle-aged woman with wispy, short brown hair, pale skin, and glasses.Name: Heidi R.
Died: April 28, 2019.
Age at death: 49.
Cause of death: Strangled.
Location: Turnhout, Belgium.
Disability: Mild intellectual disability.

Details:
Heidi lived with her sister and her sister’s girlfriend. One night, Heidi’s sister took her for a walk along the river, where she allegedly strangled her and dumped her body in the water.

Heidi was an outgoing chatterbox. She worked in a sheltered workshop, and was looking forward to moving back to Arendonk and having a home of her own. At work, she was known as cheerful and helpful, liked by both management and co-workers.

Case Status:
Inge R. (sister), arrested on suspicion of murder.
Daisy VM (sister’s girlfriend), arrested on suspicion of murder.

Source:
Niet één maar twee verdachten voor moord op gehandicapte vrouw: “Slachtoffer stond relatie in de weg”
“Heidi zat nog vol toekomstplannen”: moordslachtoffer stond op punt om weer naar eigen stekje te verhuizen
Inge R. (50) aangehouden voor moord op gehandicapte zus: gewurgd voor ze ‘verdronk’
Nieuwe verdachte voor moord op gehandicapte vrouw uit Turnhout